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Last week I received a  lovely gift of Mini Copper Pineapples from the lovely team at Absolutely . The Elyx Pineapple of Hospitality arrived as a set of three,  in the most beautiful packaging. I do a lot of on the road missions and these babies are perfectly compact and easy for me to travel with, making them the perfect addition as my “party starter” drinking vessels.  As part of the gift, I also received a booklet which unpacked some information I’d love to share with you. About the ABSOLUTE ELYX Pineapple of Hospitality:  The pineapple is said to be a symbol of hospitality, and has been for centuries. It began as a rare treat displayed by nobility at their most luxurious banquets to demonstrate that no expense had been spared. The pineapple meant that you were truly welcome and your presence was an honour. See why these make the…

I’ve always been bold when it comes to introducing moments of my life as princess diaries, so it isn’t a surprise I’d stumble upon a place such as this. I still consider myself a Durbanite and am really enjoying finding new jewels in the city of Johannesburg , one being Katy’s Palace Bar. The power of social media to connect us to people and spaces we relate to is quite appreciated. S/O to Astoldbytiffany.com for putting me on. Check out her  blog post to discover another side to the Kramerville jewel, the beautiful Restuarant and what’s on the menu. From breakfast, sides to wines… there’s something for everyone. Upon entry, I was more than anything impressed by the uniqueness of the venue. You instantly feel captured by another world the moment you set foot into this palace. Palace Bar – Quite the interesting paradox huh? From the art gallery, through…

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of collaborations and partnerships. And this one in particular that I’m about to let you in on has me real excited because of my personal love for the car brand MINI. MINI has always been front and centre in maintaining the brand image in its essence and yet continuously adjusting to the times and demands of its marketing. MINI has also always supported artists in different industries through their “MINI drives…” for example DJ Fresh. This time around, MINI has involved themselves in the fashion space, partnering with South African Fashion Week (SAFW) to bring the “MINI Scouting Menswear” in association with GQ Magazine. Some may wonder, “What is the love affair between fashion and cars?” Locally, we’ve seen Gert Johan Coetzee translate his love for luxury and exclusivity through a beautiful shoot with Bonang Matheba and Maya Mia at the Ferrari…

Ninety percent of brain development happens before the age of five, yet more than two thirds of South African children under the age of five are still not receiving the crucial Early Childhood Development (ECD) education that could make or break their future potential. Their development – physical, cognitive and emotional – is compromised because they are not receiving the services and care needed at this very crucial time in their young lives. This is because the right stimulation and nutrition in the first five years of a child’s life directly impacts the development of neural pathways, which will later enable learning and the development of vital interpersonal skills. With this in mind, global skincare company NIVEA is offering hope for children in a rural community in KwaZulu-Natal.  It has partnered with Thanda, a community-based organisation, to bring an innovative ECD Programme to children in this rural community. NIVEA provided…

December is finally in full effect, and everyone except the weather is in full silly season mode. Just yesterday, I had the opportunity to relax and unwind curtesy of Edgars at Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa which is Nestled in the foothills of the Swartkop mountains on the threshold of the beautiful Kromdraai Valley in Muldersdrift. It’s been my biggest wish to actually begin to visit tourist attractions in and around my country, South Africa, and enjoy these unique locations just as much as our international guests do. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with drinks and sweet treats as well as sheets to fill out what spa treatments we would like to have. We were quite a large group, so the treatment may be slightly different for a couple for example. The ambiance is very rain foresty, or maybe that’s because of the gloomy weather… but nonetheless this…

As women, I’ve noted through conversations that our biggest concerns when it comes to our skin is how tired it looks, fine lines and wrinkles. Personally, my biggest worry in addition to the previously mentioned concerns is whether or not my skin will co-operate the next morning, and the uncertainty always has me on edge. What if I have a big meeting, a shoot or casting first thing in the morning? I needed to find a product which would guarantee my skin wouldn’t look dull, but instead,  full of life. Over the years I have also been hearing a lot more chat around the importance of using a night cream, in addition to using a day cream. That is why I thought I’d try out the new NIVEA Q10plusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy series. Why NIVEA Q10plusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy face care? The NIVEA Q10plusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy skin care range is said to be highly effective. For…

It’s always encouraging to see that someone still sees value in doing the important work of building a nation of intelligent, business savvy youth. A week ago I came across a program which is doing exactly this! Yes, Instagram and all other social media platforms are in many ways a tool to reaching your desired audience – it’s not JUST Instagram. Having obtained a degree for a Bcom in Marketing Management and Supply Chain Management, it was a no brainer for me to want to enter into the world of entrepreneurship. However, it’s not as easy as it seems. There is a large gap which needs to be bridged after one studies and as one enters into the reality of what it actually takes to make it in such a cut throat environment. Now to introduce to you Threads, the Business of Fashion accelerator program, sponsored by Standard Bank in association with Mercedez-Benz. To…

Hey lovers, Once again, the Summer season is creeping up on us. With only one month to go, the chatter around summer bodies is growing louder and wider! We all know the saying which goes “Summer bodies are made in winter,” so I hope you’ve been sowing that seed you wish to reap the rewards for in summer!  However, I feel as though as society we’re slowly but surely moving away from working out for a certain season and are leaning more toward leading a healthy lifestyle all year round, and I’m pleased with this! Finding a work out routine which works uniquely for you is the best way to effectively see results, oh and of course help you keep up the consistency! And while others may prefer to go to a gym to work out, others- like myself- prefer work outs in the comfort of their own homes and…

Considering that I’ve been in Johannesburg for nearly half a year already, I still have a lot of hidden gems to discover in the city. One of the jewels I discovered not so long ago with one of my friends was the Circa Gallery in Rosebank. In as much as it’s so popular on Instagram and the stunning pictures people take on the famous spiraling staircase, I had to go explore it for myself. What I loved about the space was how it wasn’t like any gallery I’ve ever seen before. They really push the envelope in how they present the art to evoke emotion and any thought process in ones mind really. From paintings on the wall, an overhead projector telling a story on another wall to large structures right in the middle of the room. Furthermore, there are levels to this gallery… LITERALLY! “The most eye-catching aspect of…

It is so heart-warming and encouraging to see when corporates come together in support of a bigger picture. Nike and Totalsports have once again done just that with the Totalsports Women’s Race. The race is in support of the PinkDrive. The PinkDrive is a breast cancer community carer which works in many ways to help those affected by breast cancer, and more especially encourage early detection of breast cancer. “Early detection saves lives.” Many of us know of someone who either has breast cancer or is affected by breast cancer. To find out more about what PinkDrive is all about, click here. So I’ve decided to join in on the action and “run for life” for the very first time. I’ve had only 4 weeks to train and prepare for the 5km race. It’s been quite a challenge adjusting to the JHB air and getting a consistent routine going, but…